Thurlestone: A Hidden Gem In South Devon – Perfect For Your Quiet Autumn Holiday

By Clare Levy on September 5, 2013

South Devon is rightly famed for its idyllic villages that are scattered liberally along its rugged coastline. If you’re coming on an Autumn holiday to Devon, either as a young family or retired couple, and don’t want to stay in the usual holiday spots, then Thurlestone is an ideal choice. It’s small enough to make sure it doesn’t get too crowded, but it’s ideally situated for exploring nearby Salcombe and other attractions in the area. Our Thurlestone holiday cottages offer fabulous accommodation in and around the village, allowing you to enjoy the area in comfort.

But don’t be fooled by the village’s quiet demeanour, there is plenty to keep you entertained.


1. Hit The Fairways at Thurlestone Golf Club. Golfers are in for a treat at Thurlestone. Thurlestone Golf Club runs along the cliffs and offers a great game to novices and pros alike. The views are simply amazing, but keep your eye on the ball or it may end up plonking down into sea! If golf isn’t your thing, the club also offers 12 tennis courts for you to enjoy.

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2. Learn To Surf At Bantham. Take an easy walk along the coast to nearby Bantham, taking in the grand views, before suiting up at Bantham Surfing Academy. Even if you’re a total novice the team at Bantham will have you riding the blue in no time. All your equipment is provided, from wetsuits to the board, and with qualified coaches working at a recognised British Surf School Centre of Excellence you know you’re in safe hands. So suit up and hit the waves.

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3. Enjoy The Coastal Walks. If the above leaves you feeling a bit out of breath, then why not simply enjoy the coastal walks on offer in the area. The circular route to Bantham and back is easy and suitable for the whole family. If you’re up for something a bit longer why not head along to Bigbury-on-Sea and enjoy a day at the beach before exploring Burgh Island. The coast route to Salcombe is more taxing, but offers fantastic views and you can enjoy a fine lunch in the town to refuel for the return journey. For the rangers the South West Coast Path runs along the whole south coast and offers some challenging but rewarding walks.

Coast Path

If you like the sound of what’s on offer, then why not book one of our Thurlestone cottages and discover our beautiful patch of South Devon this Autumn.